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1. McDonald's New CEO Faces Onslaught of Competition -

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald's new boss must feel like a freshly crowned king under siege.

The world's biggest hamburger chain is facing an onslaught of competition, from better-burger chains like Five Guys to brands like Chipotle that tout the superior quality of their ingredients.

2. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Incognito Art Gala and Silent Auction Friday, Jan. 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 750 Cherry Road. Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment while bidding on 100 original, anonymous works of art by Mid-South artists. Art and ticket sales benefit MBG’s outreach and education programs. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com or call 901-636-4131.

3. Become the Complainer, Become the Problem -

Have you ever experienced a problem at your job where you were truly in the right? A co-worker or boss did something to you that was either against the law or just ethically wrong. Maybe your boss has a temper, or perhaps you’re being discriminated against in some way.

4. Tribute to Good and Decent -

DRAWING A CROWD. The line started at one end of the big room and wound its way out into the hall.

The widow and the son and the family received the soft words about the hard loss, the sympathy, the hugs and the tears, the emotional exchanges of finality, the shared experience of a life lived and now over. A visitation, yes, but it seemed more than that quiet, somber label would suggest.

5. Gasol An All-Star Starter; Conley, Z-Bo Just As Valuable -

Center Marc Gasol has broken through the glass ceiling that forever has hung above Memphis and the Grizzlies.

The NBA’s fans, a global group to be sure, shattered that glass by voting Big Spain into the Western Conference starting lineup for the Feb. 15 NBA All-Star Game. Naturally, there is pride about that in every corner of the Grizzlies’ locker room and in every corner of the city.

6. 100 North Main Seeks Historic Designation -

An effort to redevelop a Downtown skyscraper may have received a boost this week. A state board is recommending that the tower at 100 N. Main St. be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that could allow the owner to seek tax credits and grants to redevelop the building.

7. Bankruptcies Dip Below 12,000 in 2014 -

Reflecting a national trend, Shelby County recorded a 7 percent drop in bankruptcies in 2014 compared to the previous year.

And the number of bankruptcies across the 33 Shelby County ZIP codes in 2014 was also down from 2013 and 2012 in each of the three types of bankruptcy chapters, according to The Daily News Online, memphisdailynews.com.

8. US Unemployment Benefit Applications Plunge to 15-Year Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of people seeking unemployment aid plunged last week to the lowest level in almost 15 years, a sign hiring will likely remain healthy.

Weekly applications dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since April 2000. It is also the biggest decline in two years. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 8,250 to 298,500.

9. 100 N. Main Recommended for Historic Register, Pinch Decision Delayed -

A state board is recommending that the skyscraper at 100 N. Main St. Downtown be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that could allow the owner to seek tax credits and grants to redevelop the building.

10. After Setting iPhone Record, What Does Apple Do Next? -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple CEO Tim Cook says consumer demand for new iPhones has been "staggering" and "hard to comprehend." That helped the company report record-smashing earnings for its latest quarter and sent the stock climbing more than 7 percent on Wednesday.

11. Facebook Launching Trending Super Bowl for the Big Game -

PHOENIX (AP) – As Facebook's latest step into sports, the social media giant is launching Trending Super Bowl – a real-time hub for content from Sunday's game between the Patriots and Seahawks.

12. Fed Stays 'Patient' on Rates While Noting Improving Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health.

13. First Time Advertisers Gamble on Super Bowl Ads -

NEW YORK (AP) – More Super Bowl ad rookies will be trying to score a touchdown this Sunday.

There will be 15 new Super Bowl advertisers this year, the most since 2000, before the economy fell into what would be the first of two recessions since. Advertising experts say the rookie interest in Super Bowl ads is a positive sign that companies are feeling good in the most recent economic recovery.

14. Different From? -

I’m fortunate to count Lee Martin, assistant director of Vanderbilt University’s English Language Center, as a weekly reader. Most recently, he writes about my having written, in a recent column, “No different than watching reruns on regular TV, right?

15. IRA Rollover Changes for 2015 -

Ray’s Take: Recently, new regulations went into effect that affect your IRAs and rollovers. Prior to 2015, the rule in effect allowed you to do a rollover each year, in which you received a check made out to you, rather than to another IRA custodian, on each IRA you own.

16. Foreclosures Fall in Fourth Quarter, December -

Foreclosures and foreclosure notices were both down in 2014, but their percentage declines were smaller in the fourth quarter than for the full year.

Foreclosures fell 13 percent in Shelby County in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, www.chandlerreports.com.

17. Grizz Atop Southwest Division Despite Challenges -

Playing without starting point guard Mike Conley (left wrist sprain) and swingman Tony Allen (left ankle sprain), the Grizzlies pounded the Mavericks 109-90 Tuesday night, Jan. 27, in Dallas and perhaps delivered a message to the rest of the Western Conference:

18. Obama Administration on Track to Surpass Health Care Goal -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Some 9.5 million people have already signed up for 2015 coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law, and the administration is on track to surpass its nationwide enrollment target set last year.

19. Record iPhone Sales Drive Blowout Quarter for Apple -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple had another blowout quarter thanks to its new plus-sized iPhones, which helped the company smash sales records for the holiday season.

Apple said Tuesday that it sold 74.5 million iPhones during the three months that ended Dec. 31, beating analysts' expectations for the latest models of Apple's most popular gadget, introduced in September.

20. Tigers' Hearn Selected to AAC Honor Roll -

For a second time this season, University of Memphis junior guard Ariel Hearn was named to the American Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll.

In an 84-49 win over Houston on Saturday, Jan. 24, Hearn led all players with 21 points and seven assists while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. Hearn also led Memphis with three steals and added four rebounds in the Tigers’ 10th win of the season.

21. Why the Market has Fallen in 2015 -

The stock market overreached in 2013, expecting big things from 2014. Earnings estimates for 2014 were for growth of 10 percent-plU.S. . High expectations boosted valuations above long-term averages.

22. Super Bowl Ad Preview -

Regardless of what happens on the field, history will be made at this year’s Super Bowl of advertising – starting with a record price tag of $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, a significant spike from the $4 million advertisers forked over last year.

23. Randy Odom Named CEO of Memphis Athletic Ministries -

Randy Odom has been named president and chief executive officer of Memphis Athletic Ministries. Odom joined MAM in 2006 as a neighborhood center director and became chief operating officer in 2012. In his new role, he oversees all operations and programming for 10 neighborhood youth centers that serve more than 900 underserved youth after school each day.

24. Invest Early -

It would be true if you were talking about stock in Apple Inc., Google Inc. or Netflix Inc. And it is true when talking about children.

25. Government to Overhaul Medicare Payments to Doctors, Hospitals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medicare will change the way it pays hospitals and doctors to reward quality over volume, the Obama administration said Monday, in a shift that officials hope will be a catalyst for the nation's $3-trillion health care system.

26. CBO: Deficit to Shrink to Lowest Level of Obama Presidency -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Solid economic growth will help the federal budget deficit shrink this year to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, according to congressional estimates released Monday.

27. Low Inflation Likely to Keep Fed 'Patient' About a Rate Hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Federal Reserve ended 2014 with a pledge to be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows. The way things are going, its patience may endure for a long while.

28. Holly Springs Elvis ‘Museum’ to be Auctioned Off Jan. 31 -

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) – Hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl singles and albums, a pink Cadillac and the antebellum mansion that became a quirky Elvis shrine will be auctioned this month.

29. Welch Allyn Acquires Hubble Telemedical -

Welch Allyn Inc. has acquired Hubble Telemedical Inc., a privately held health care company founded by University of Tennessee Health Science Center researcher Edward Chaum and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Kenneth Tobin, who developed a way to provide remote diabetic retinopathy screening and analysis in primary care doctors’ offices and other convenient settings.

30. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for Technology Use -

New Year’s resolutions, often tied to productivity, can involve getting healthier, better organized, more financially savvy, and rid of old habits.

Technology can help automate and streamline many of these tasks and, better yet, save you time and money in the long run.

31. How To Determine Nonprofit Software Costs -

Part two of a two-part series. Software is at the heart of so many nonprofit functions. You can’t afford down time. And you don’t want to find out your new system won’t talk to an existing one after it is up and running. What’s a nonprofit leader to do? In search of guidance we talked with Janna Finch of Software Advice, an online firm that reviews nonprofit technology.

32. Sports Illustrated: Fuente is Football’s 'Next Hot Coach' -

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team needed a shot from sophomore forward Austin Nichols in the game’s final seconds to escape with a 57-55 victory at Tulane last Saturday.

33. Fairgrounds Plan Draws Different Opinions -

The first renderings of a recast Mid-South Fairgrounds offered years ago are just one misstep early on that continues to plague the project still in search of specific private partners.

The conceptual drawings were heavy on baseball diamonds when the idea of two mayoral administrations at City Hall was and remains more soccer fields, basketball courts and a multi-purpose sports facility along with baseball diamonds.

34. High-Tech Teacher -

With the advent of video game systems like the Kinect for Microsoft’s Xbox as well as the Oculus Rift head-mounted display system that Facebook bought last year, it’s clear virtual reality technology has increasingly become mainstream.

35. Anti-Medicaid Expansion Lawmaker Criticizes Radio Ads -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, a staunch opponent of Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income Tennesseans, on Friday decried what he called "dishonest scare tactics" by a conservative group running radio ads targeting GOP lawmakers.

36. Bass Pro Hosting Pyramid Job Fair -

Bass Pro Shops is hosting a job fair Feb. 2 through Feb. 4 to fill 600 full-time and part-time jobs for its destination attraction at The Pyramid.

Those interested in employment with Bass Pro may apply in person at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, south exhibit hall, 255 N. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Applicants must be 18 years old.

37. Germantown’s Trainers Studio Aims to Keep Clients Close -

Susan Ritter had been a Marine and a competitive athlete. Mike Farah had been a successful corporate executive who almost worked himself into an early grave, lost 50 pounds, retired, and began competing in body building competitions.

38. Home Services Keep Seniors Independent -

Sooner or later, most people end up caring for aging mothers and fathers or become seniors themselves, wondering who to turn to when independent daily living becomes impossible.

Both propositions are frightening and stressful.

39. OK, Baby Boomers: Time for Some Hard Decisions -

She works in her yard, maintains a garden, watches her diet and is waiting for her exercise group to get started at the FiftyForward Center in Madison.

Asked about long-term care insurance, Eva Mai Nelson says, “I’ve thought about it. I don’t think it’s worthwhile to buy at my age.” She’s 83.

40. NFL Players Find Second Careers as Entrepreneurs -

As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

41. Murfreesboro, Nashville Players Get Jump on UT Careers -

KNOXVILLE – Jack Jones didn’t want to waste any time getting started with his football career at the University of Tennessee, so he graduated in December from Murfreesboro Oakland High School.

42. Consumer Prices Drop 0.4 Percent in December -

U.S. consumer prices fell in December by the largest amount in six years, reflecting another big monthly decline in gas prices and providing further evidence of falling inflation pressures.

The Labor Department said Friday that its consumer price index dropped 0.4 percent last month, the biggest one-month drop since December 2008. It was also the second straight monthly decline in prices with both months reflecting big decreases in gas prices, which have been tumbling in recent months because of the global plunge in oil prices.

43. Southwest Beats Street 4th-Quarter Forecasts -

Southwest Airlines Co.'s fourth-quarter net income slipped 10 percent due to the effect of fuel-hedging contracts that lost value as oil prices tumbled, but the company's results beat Wall Street expectations.

44. City Council Delays Beale Street Vote -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 20, delayed a vote for two weeks on the resolution that would create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future direction of the entertainment district between Second and Fourth streets.

45. Lakeland Fires City Manager -

On a 3-2 vote Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Lakeland Mayor and Board of Commissioners voted to fire city manager Chris Thomas.

46. GE to Provide Natural Gas Turbines for Allen Plant -

General Electric Co. says it has received an order from the Tennessee Valley Authority for two high-efficiency gas turbine generators to replace three coal-fired units that are being retired at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis.

47. Sears Crosstown Will Receive New Name -

The team behind the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown site will unveil a new name for the development during a Feb. 21 community groundbreaking ceremony.

“Until now, when Memphians have talked about the building, they’ve called it Sears Crosstown,” the development team said in a statement announcing the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be held 88 years to the day after the initial groundbreaking in 1927. “But Sears is long gone, and the surrounding neighborhood proudly claims the name Crosstown. Now it’s time for something new.”

48. Railcar Honors Railroad and Transportation Veteran -

Charles Bruce Hallmann loved the railroad and transportation industries. Hallmann, former vice president of sales with Memphis-based third-party logistics provider Cornerstone Systems Inc., began his career in 1960 and joined Cornerstone Systems in 1998, helping turn the company founded in 1997 into a leading national provider of logistics and transportation services.

49. Trucking Industry in ‘Desperate’ Need of Drivers -

With demand on the upswing thanks to improving economic growth and lower fuel prices, a scarcity of truck drivers could put the brakes on the trucking industry and cripple a critical piece of global supply chains.

50. Taxing Question -

With gas prices in a historic plunge, the idea of hiking state and federal gas taxes and fees to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements is gaining traction.

Democratic and Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress in recent weeks have signaled a willingness to approve an increase in the federal gas tax to help fund improvements to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges. Meanwhile, a new statewide coalition has launched to support an increase and reform in Tennessee’s transportation fees.

51. One Percent -

Majority and minority are volatile terms in Memphis.

Using them in a context outside race requires an explanation because without that, the assumption is the terms are being used in a racial context.

52. Shelby Farms Campaign Closes In on Last $100,000 -

The Shelby Farms Park Conservancy hopes to close out its $70 million capital fundraising campaign by Sunday, Feb. 1, for the “Heart of the Park” improvements already underway.

53. Cadillac Wants Small Dealers to Upgrade to 'Boutique' Stores -

DETROIT (AP) – In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.

54. Southwest Beats Street 4th-Quarter Forecasts -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co.'s fourth-quarter net income slipped 10 percent due to the effect of fuel-hedging contracts that lost value as oil prices tumbled, but the company's results beat Wall Street expectations.

55. Airlines Expect Another Big Year With Help From Cheaper Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) – Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.

The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the carriers. Analysts expect all four of the biggest U.S. airline operators to post bigger profits this year than in 2014.

56. Know What to Carry to Interviews -

It’s official: Hiring season is on! Chances are good you’ve been sending out your resume online for every interesting job out there. Soon, you’ll find yourself invited for in-person interviews.

57. Memphis Season a Monument to Mediocrity -

Good news and bad news. Let’s start with the bad news. This University of Memphis basketball team is not good enough for things to get much better.

The good news? They’re not bad enough for things to get a lot worse.

58. Legendary Memphis Studio Has No. 1 Hit With ‘Uptown Funk’ -

The Mark Ronson song “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars has spent a few weeks now in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

It’s something Memphis producer and Royal Studios owner Boo Mitchell is especially proud to see, since the chart-topping track was recorded in Memphis at his studio.

59. Raymond James Tower Fetches $20 Million -

How much is a 21-story skyscraper overlooking the Mississippi River worth? About $1 million a floor.

New York-based investor Jacob Sofer will pay Parkway Properties around $20 million for the Raymond James Tower at 50 N. Front St. Downtown, according to several people with knowledge of the transaction. The Shelby County Assessor of Property’s 2014 appraisal for the 340,000-square-foot building is $24 million.

60. Pink Palace Secret -

The Memphis Pink Palace Museum’s 3-D digital theater opened this past March and its upgraded planetarium is to open in June.

And planning is already underway for a $4 million publicly and privately funded renovation and new exhibits in the pink marble mansion itself on Central Avenue that has been the heart of the museum since it was donated to the city in 1930.

61. EDGE Approves Ikea Incentives -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote. Larry Jackson voted against the measure.

62. NFL Players Find Second Careers as Entrepreneurs -

As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

63. EDGE Approves Incentives for Memphis Ikea Store -

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has been awarded an 11-year tax break to develop a $64 million store near Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway that is expected to employ 175 people.

The board of the city-county Economic Development Growth Engine on Wednesday, Jan. 21, approved the controversial payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive on an 8-1 vote, with Larry Jackson voting against the measure.

64. Haslam Hits the Road to Promote Insure Tennessee Proposal -

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday kicked off a statewide tour to make the hard sell for his proposal to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

65. Mississippi Casino Revenue Flat in December, Down for 2014 -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi's 17 casinos along the Mississippi River won less than $1 billion for gamblers last year for the first time since 1994.

The decline along the river, punctuated by the June closing of the Harrah's Tunica Hotel & Casino, continued to drag down overall gambling revenue in Mississippi in 2014. The statewide total fell 3.2 percent to $2.07 billion for all of 2014, down about $70 million from 2013.

66. City Council Delays Beale Street Vote -

The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 20, delayed a vote for two weeks on the resolution that would create a Beale Street Tourism Development Authority to oversee the future direction of the entertainment district between Second and Fourth streets.

67. Lakeland Fires City Manager -

On a 3-2 vote Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Lakeland Mayor and Board of Commissioners voted to fire city manager Chris Thomas.

68. Sears Crosstown Will Receive New Name -

The team behind the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown site will unveil a new name for the development during a Feb. 21 community groundbreaking ceremony.

“Until now, when Memphians have talked about the building, they’ve called it Sears Crosstown,” the development team said in a statement announcing the groundbreaking ceremony, which will be held 88 years to the day after the initial groundbreaking in 1927. “But Sears is long gone, and the surrounding neighborhood proudly claims the name Crosstown. Now it’s time for something new.”

69. Why the Market Has Fallen in 2015 -

Stronger dollar = higher valuations. The stock market overreached in 2013, expecting big things from 2014. Earnings estimates for 2014 were for growth of 10-plus percent. High expectations boosted valuations above long-term averages.

70. Save Time in Addition to Money -

Ray’s take: I’ve often heard that you can tell more about a person by looking at how he or she spends their time and money rather than what they claim is important to them. January is a good time to take stock of not only your finances but also how you spend your time. And the two can be related.

71. Fairgrounds TDZ Agreement Getting Closer -

The deal to win Shelby County government’s backing of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s plan for a Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone is getting more complex.

The latest version outlined Tuesday, Jan. 20, at City Hall still includes a city guarantee to make up any sales tax revenue that would normally go to fund local public schools that might be lost to financing the reconfiguration of the Fairgrounds.

72. Boyd Gets Encore as City Council Member -

After serving less than a year on the Memphis City Council in 2011, Berlin Boyd is back on the council and working toward a longer stay.

Boyd was the pick of the other 12 council members Tuesday, Jan. 20, to fill the District 7 vacancy created when Lee Harris resigned to take his seat in the state Senate.

73. Council Approves Schools Deal, Appoints Boyd -

Two weeks after they ignored a proposed $43.1 million settlement of the six-year old schools funding legal standoff, Memphis City Council members Tuesday, Jan. 20, approved a $41.8 million settlement with Shelby County Schools.

74. Justices Debate Judicial Candidates' Campaign Appeals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court's conservative and liberal justices clashed Tuesday over campaign finance restrictions in a dispute involving candidates for elected state and local judgeships.

75. Supreme Court Won't Hear Dispute Over Debit Card Fees -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a challenge from retailers who claim the Federal Reserve allows banks to charge businesses too much for handling debit card transactions.

76. Wal-Mart Launches Cash Pickup Option for Tax Refunds -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart is launching a service allowing customers to pick up their tax refunds in cash at all stores nationwide.

It's the discounter's latest move to offer more financial services, which is seen as a path to bringing more shoppers to its stores.

77. Volkswagen Eyes Downtown Chattanooga Welcome Center -

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Volkswagen is eying a prime riverfront location in downtown Chattanooga for a new $12 million welcome center.

The Chattanooga Time Free Press reports that the welcome center would give the German automaker a chance to show off its vehicles and its story in the city's main tourist area.

78. Selling Professional Services -

Architects, lawyers, engineers, accountants and consultants: I am betting you didn’t get into the professional services field because you have a natural affinity for sales. It is more likely that the mere thought of selling makes your stomach turn a bit and, as a result, you probably make very little time for it.

79. Council Raises Concerns With Ikea Tax Breaks -

The Economic Development Growth Engine board votes Wednesday, Jan. 21, on the $8 million payment in lieu of taxes for the Ikea retail store to open next year at Interstate 40 and Germantown Parkway.

80. Training Abroad -

After growing up in Bosnia, going to medical school there and even training in neurosurgery there, Dr. Kenan Arnautovic had to go through training all over again when he came to the United States in 1994.

81. Wilson Air Expanding at Memphis International -

Wilson Air Center is spreading its wings at Memphis International Airport.

The Kemmons Wilson Cos. subsidiary signed a 10-year lease with the airport for the former Pinnacle Airlines hangar at Memphis International, expanding its jet footprint by 30,500 square feet of prime hangar space.

82. Consumer Prices Drop 0.4 Percent in December -

U.S. consumer prices fell in December by the largest amount in six years, reflecting another big monthly decline in gas prices and providing further evidence of falling inflation pressures.

The Labor Department said Friday that its consumer price index dropped 0.4 percent last month, the biggest one-month drop since December 2008. It was also the second straight monthly decline in prices with both months reflecting big decreases in gas prices, which have been tumbling in recent months because of the global plunge in oil prices.

83. Three Ways to Evaluate Nonprofit Technology -

Part one of a two-part series. “The main reason nonprofits look to update or implement technology is to acquire additional functionality that will automate more tasks, which they hope will free up time to work on more strategic projects.” – Janna Finch

84. Bringing Out the Best in Others -

According to John D. Rockefeller, “Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” The best leaders, employers, or workplaces are the ones that understand that just below the surface of average, waiting to be ignited, is the extraordinary.

85. GE to Provide Natural Gas Turbines for Allen Plant -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – General Electric Co. says it has received an order from the Tennessee Valley Authority for two high-efficiency gas turbine generators to replace three coal-fired units that are being retired at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis.

86. Report Shows Fluctuation in 2014 Crime Stats -

Crime is up locally, and crime is down locally. It all depends on what you compare the year-end numbers from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission to. The 2014 crime numbers were released last week.

The Crime Commission compiles the numbers for Operation Safe Community, the coalition of local law enforcement, criminal justice and elected leaders for them to measure the results of their anti-crime strategy that began in 2006 and adjust the tactics accordingly.

87. ServiceMaster Signals Desire to Strengthen Tennis Tournament -

After it was announced at a press conference at The Racquet Club of Memphis that ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. had entered into a three-year deal to be the presenting sponsor of the Memphis Open, the company’s chief financial officer, Alan Haughie, couldn’t help himself.

88. Council Takes Up Beale’s Next Act -

Memphis City Council members are likely to have some questions Tuesday, Jan. 20, about the still tentative settlement of the last part of the court fight for control of Beale Street.

The tentative terms of the settlement between the city of Memphis and the Beale Street Development Corp. leaked last week and include a share of revenues from the operation of the entertainment district for the BSDC that would otherwise go to the city, which owns the property between Second and Fourth streets.

89. End of Holidays Boosts Jobless Aid Applications -

The end of the holiday shopping season led to more Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week, raising the number of applications to an 18-week high. Still, the number remains near historically low levels.

90. Wright Medical Expects Fourth-Quarter Growth -

Wright Medical Group Inc. expects revenue for fourth quarter 2014 to be approximately $83.3 million, representing growth of 23 percent as reported compared to fourth quarter 2013, the Memphis-based orthopedic company announced Monday, Jan. 12.

91. Millennial Challenge: Do I Rent or Do I Own? -

Mike Smalling is a mortgage loan originator with F&M Mortgage and is a lifer in mortgage lending. He recently penned a book entitled “Your Mortgage Matters,” and the work provides information for those new to home buying, as well as those that have bought and sold numerous homes.

92. UAW ‘Considers Itself a Partner’ With GM -

General Motors’ Spring Hill plant is firmly entrenched with the United Auto Workers.

In fact, it might not have retooled and started assembling vehicles again without the union’s efforts.

93. Hitting the Accelerator -

Five years after the Great Recession rocked the nation and nearly destroyed auto manufacturing in Tennessee, the Midstate’s industry is booming again.

Nissan’s growth is no small part of that, largely because of the company’s confidence in the state of Tennessee and Gov. Bill Haslam, according to José Muñoz, executive vice president of Nissan Motor Co. and chairman of Nissan North America, which is headquartered in Franklin.

94. Big Hit and Some Misses From Vols’ 2014 Early Enrollees -

KNOXVILLE – Recruiting is anything but an exact science. Experts are everywhere. Star ratings rise and fall. Player projections are widely varied.

One thing is certain: Only time will tell if coaches hit or miss on a recruit.

95. Editorial: Putting the Work Into Artwork -

Before there was social media, the Internet or even FedEx, there was the commerce of art and creativity in Memphis.

What our cover story calls “art work” – emphasis on two words – has a long and perhaps misunderstood lineage in Memphis.

96. Art Work -

It’s easy to appreciate the art in painter Jared Small’s depictions of dilapidated shacks, shotgun-style homes and other aging structures that appear to be fading away right there on his canvas, images that suggest the creaks of doors and the groans of floorboards to accompany the lonely scenes.

97. Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate Falls to 3.66 Percent -

Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, with the benchmark 30-year rate again marking its lowest level since May 2013. The average for a 15-year mortgage, a popular choice for people who are refinancing, dipped below 3 percent for the first time since then.

98. End of Holidays Boosts Jobless Aid Applications -

The end of the holiday shopping season led to more Americans seeking unemployment benefits last week, raising the number of applications to an 18-week high. Still, the number remains near historically low levels.

99. What We Can All Learn From Techies -

Sunday night, when most of us were relaxing and watching the Golden Globe Awards, I received a text from a friend. It said, “I spent some time today figuring out a new video software.” And, it had a link to a fun short video.

100. Who Are You? -

KNOWN BUT NAMELESS. Who the hell are you? I’m not mad at you, I’m mad because I don’t know who you are and I should. No clue. Known you since the earth was cooling and I couldn’t come up with your name under Dick Cheney’s enhanced interrogation, not if I had to listen to Barry Manilow sing or Rush Limbaugh talk until I came up with it. You look so familiar we might be brothers … but I know my brothers. Their names are … give me a sec. I don’t have any sisters. I think.